Missing Pei Wei? Try Iron Chef Cafe!

In case you, like me, are sad about the closure of Pei Wei last year, there’s a new place for you to try.

Iron Chef Cafe in Ontario.

The Daily Bulletin‘s Elaine Lehman went to lunch there recently and offers her comments here.

Looking over the menu, it seems a lot like Pei Wei’s pan-Asian mix, although probably a little heavier on the Japanese side than Pei Wei.

Here’s a couple of little gifts for readers of Dine 909: First, a coupon for 50% off your second item. Download it here. Of course, it expires at the end of January, so if you want to check out Iron Chef Cafe, you better do it soon.

Next, if you want to try Iron Chef, here’s where you can get a $25 certificate for only $3. To get that kind of a deal, of course there are restrictions. First, the certificate is only good Monday through Friday. Next, it’s only good if you spend $40 or more, so bring the whole clan. Also, it’s only good if you dine in and they’ll add an automatic 18% gratuity to your total. And, it’s not good with other promotions, like the above coupon.

Let’s do the math: Spend $40, add $7.20 tip, and $3 for the certificate, subtract the $25 and your grand total is $25.20 for $40 worth of food, which is a true savings of $14.80.

So, if you can hang with all the restrictions and want to save some bucks, click here to get your certificate. When you check out, use the promo code “SAVE,” which is good until Monday, the 26th. That promo code will actually work on any of the other restaurants on restaurant.com.

In fact, if you want to give them a try (I’ve used them several times…they’re a great deal), you can sign up for their Dinner of the Month Club, use the promo code, and get a $25 certificate every month for a year for only $36. And, you’ll also get a bonus $50 gift certificate! (They’ve also got 3- and 6-month subscriptions if you’re not feeling that adventurous.)

Crazy, I know, but it’s true. As I mentioned above, there are restrictions (though most are more lenient than Iron Chef Cafe), and you have to read the fine print carefully. But if you want to try new restaurants but don’t want to spend a whole lot of money (and don’t mind a little bit of hoop-jumping), this is a great way to go.

I’ve even used them to dine at the delicious Border Grill in Las Vegas. Yum!

Once you buy from them, they’ll send you emails every coupla weeks with new promo codes ranging from  50% to 80% off their already-discounted certificates.

Who else but Dine 909 would let you in on their dining secrets?